Courtesy of The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel
When we search for luxury hotels, the first amenities that come to mind are the spectacular hotel room views, the impeccable service, and overall grandeur. As we look to where to travel in 2019, let the cuisine in your hotel awaken your inspiration for that region. Here are some of our favorite hotels around the world with notable cuisine experiences that distinctively reflect their province or state.
Kilkea Castle, Castledermot
Kilkea Castle, located less than an hour away from Dublin, Ireland, appeals to all palates and taste buds. They offer fine dining in the Castle, with an emphasis on sourcing local ingredients from local and ethical suppliers all with a hint of international flavor. Hermione’s Restaurant on the property has gorgeous views of the garden and is very popular for Sunday Lunch that features a menu that highlights the bounties and traditions of Ireland.
For afternoon tea, visit the Drawing Room with some of the best views from inside the castle. The Drawing Room offers a wide selection of specialty teas, delicate finger sandwiches, warm homemade scones with jam and a lashing of fresh cream, complimented by a glass of chilled champagne. For an even more sophisticated culinary experience, guests may also enjoy the grandeur found in the Dining Room, which overlooks the Rose Garden and 18th hole.
The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte
Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, The Ballantyne, in addition to a recently completed multi-million-dollar transformation, launched an exclusive partnership with Rare Tea Company of London, the preferred tea for the royal family. Rare Tea Company is now the official tea featured in the hotel’s Tea Program, including afternoon tea service, handcrafted tea cocktails, select desserts including tea, and The Spa features the teas as part of specialty treatment rituals. With this new partnership, the hotel decided to celebrate everything tea related by creating special themed Afternoon Teas rolling out through spring 2019.
This February, The Ballantyne will offer a magical Princess Tea from 1-4pm every Saturday in February. The event will feature a special kid-friendly menu, a glass of Champagne for adults and majestic décor. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in their favorite princess gown, jewelry and tiara.
For A Very British Tea Inspired by Downton Abbey, come dressed in your best 1920 and 1930s attire to sip and savor tea sweets and savories on Wednesday through Saturday, March 6-9, 1-4pm. Sample captivating flavored tea sandwiches including goat cheese and fig, cucumber and chive butter and prosciutto with basil and mozzarella as well as jam-packed Manchester tarts, fluffy apricot scones and Downton Abbey’s own Earl Grey macarons. You may also wish to enjoy a complimentary glass of Champagne or a Highclere Cocktail.
The London West Hollywood, Beverly Hills
Executive Chef Anthony Keene oversees all food & beverage operations for The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills, California, including signature restaurant Boxwood, The London Bar, the rooftop poolside dining and in-room dining. Known for his inventive and playful twists on New American and British cuisine and the top trending seasonal ingredients, Executive Chef Anthony Keene creates vibrant menus that take guests on a gastronomic adventure.
The London just recently launched a new Afternoon Tea service, exclusively featuring teas from Rare Tea Company, as well as delectable finger sandwiches and pastries. The Afternoon Tea is offered every day from 2-4pm, and includes live Jazz Music on Sundays.
Inspired by English country house conservatories and orangeries, the smart yet relaxed new London Bar sits adjacent to the lobby, providing a wholly new gathering space that is suitable for socializing from morning to night. The focal point of the London Bar is an island bar visible from the main lobby, enticing people to gather amidst its casual opulence and understated luxury. Both The London Bar and Boxwood restaurant delight patrons with British-inspired cocktails and California share plates, providing the ideal experience for locals, travelers, and members of the entertainment industry.
While Halekulani is one of Hawaii’s first hotels, it is still one of its finest. La Mer, their fine dining restaurant, is an award-winning restaurant featuring exquisite neoclassic French cuisine. For a more casual elegance, Orchids, a top culinary destination in Hawaii, is an indoor/outdoor restaurant that provides picturesque views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean.
Halekulani’s new Specialty Cocktails focus on Mediterranean and Italian classic cocktails with an emphasis on local sprits and ingredients and house-made syrups and cordials. Their tableside cocktail service includes an “Aperol Spritz” and Negroni cart – “build your own” with choices from a large selection of Amari and Italian Bitters, local citrus, house-infused mixers. By offering these Italian cocktails on a tableside Cart, guests can choose the level of bitterness by selecting the Amaro (Bitter) component or the degree of sweetness by the Vermouth component. A selection of Gins will also enable guest to choose by botanical profile to adjust the taste of the cocktail.
Gorgeous George, Cape Town
Set to open late April of 2019 in historic downtown Cape Town, South Africa, Gorgeous George is a melting pot of the city’s unique cultural diversity and history. Guests at this new, contemporary African hotel will become immersed in South Africa’s dynamic design scene throughout the 32 rooms and communal spaces including a rooftop restaurant, pool and bar. At the helm of GiGi Rooftop, the restaurant at Gorgeous George, is Executive Chef and South African-born Guy Bennett. GiGi will offer fresh and inspirational dishes to thrill the palates of both local and international foodies.
Bennett has worked at top restaurants in Cape Town, most recently Grande Provence Heritage Estate and the One & Only, and is looking forward to creating European-style cuisine with some unique flourishes for the GiGi menu.
The Gorgeous George bar is a place to let loose and indulge. The menu will include meticulously crafted cocktails and a selection of local and international wines and spirits will be poured by renowned in-house mixologist Jody Rahme and served round the clock.